Heads And Bases Patents (Class 248/357)
  • Patent number: 10795416
    Abstract: The description relates to hinged devices, such as hinged computing devices. One example can include a hinge assembly that rotatably secures a first portion and a second portion relative to a hinge axis and defines a planar conductor path between the first and second portions through the hinge assembly. The example can also include a pop-up arm that compresses a spring when the first portion and the second portion are rotated to a closed orientation, and wherein the compressed spring creates a bias to rotate the first and second portions from the closed orientation to an open orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Joel J. Schmelzle, Kabir Siddiqui, Karsten Aagaard, Benoit Guillaume Henri Rouger, Errol Mark Tazbaz
  • Patent number: 10765210
    Abstract: A mounting device (100) is provided for connecting two substantially horizontally aligned support beams (20, 30, 40) of a carton flow bed rack (1; 2). The mounting device (100) has a plug (110) pluggable into an end of a first support beam (20) of the support beams. A key (130) is provided as a wedge for fixing the plug (110) in the first support beam (20). An engaging element (120) is arranged at the plug (110). The engaging element (120) is provided to engage a second support beam (30; 40) of the two support beams. The plug (110) is fixable to the first support beam (20) in at least two different plug-positions by means of the key (130).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Interroll Holding AG
    Inventors: Jean Michel Laplace, Herve Merieau
  • Patent number: 10703613
    Abstract: A frame support includes an extensible carrier having a free end, a guide configured to guide the extensible carrier in an axially-movable manner, and a vertical support unit. The vertical support unit is arranged eccentrically at the free end of the extensible carrier. The frame support is adapted to be coupled to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SCHWING GMBH
    Inventors: Mykola Oleksyuk, Heinrich Scheffer
  • Patent number: 10407957
    Abstract: Clutch assemblies that can provide variable break-away torques are described. An exemplary multi-state clutch assembly can include a shaft, a first frictional element frictionally engaged with the shaft and a second frictional element that can provide variable friction. When the second frictional element provides a low friction, second frictional element can be rotatable relative to the first frictional element, which can remain stationary relative to the shaft. When the second frictional element provides a high friction, it can be secured to the first frictional element. Hence, the first and second frictional elements can be locked together and be rotatable relative to the shaft. Tightening or loosening the second frictional element can vary the overall break-away torque provided by the clutch assembly. The multi-state clutch assembly can be in communication with a sensor or a switch that can respond to a user to change the friction of the clutch assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Camp, Robert L. Coish, John A. Porcella
  • Patent number: 10329718
    Abstract: A modular assembly and method of installing a modular assembly is provided. The modular assembly can include a plurality of base members made of a plastic material, each base member including a top surface and a bottom surface opposite of the top surface, the bottom surface defining channels. A plurality of support members can be provided, each of the plurality of support members may extend across the plurality of base members and disposed within the channels of the plurality of base members. A mounting bracket can be configured to mount each of the plurality of support members to a metal plate of a lower support structure, the metal plate being received by a clamp of the mounting bracket. Each of the plurality of base members can adjoin one another to form a horizontal platform for traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ASTRA CAPITAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Kenneth Szekely
  • Patent number: 10330347
    Abstract: A positioning foot block for the mounting of an upright bar is disclosed to include a support device having a bottom wall, two side walls respectively extended from opposing left and right sides of the bottom wall and a positioning space surrounded by the bottom wall and the side walls for receiving the upright bar. Each side wall of the support device has two side lugs respectively extended from opposing front and rear sides thereof toward the positioning space and respectively clamped on respective corner ends of the upright bar. Thus, the structural design of the positioning foot block can clamp the corner ends of the upright bar firmly, prohibiting the upright bar from vibration and enhancing its positioning stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Jing-Xin Solar Ltd.
    Inventor: Ching-Lung Yang
  • Patent number: 10316538
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a post base assembly includes a base member comprising post support wall and a plurality of peripheral side walls extending from the post support wall. The post support wall defines a first cutout and a second cutout that is disposed opposite the first cutout. The base member further includes a plurality of tabs that each extend inward toward a first wall of a respective cutout. A plurality of stirrup plates each include a center tab and at least one slot sized and shaped to receive one of the plurality of tabs of the base member. A mounting face defines at least one mounting hole that is configured to receive a mounting device to secure the stirrup plate to a face of a structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Oz-Post International, LLC
    Inventor: Ian A. Hill
  • Patent number: 10294656
    Abstract: A connection device for supporting a plurality of beams comprising a plate, a first side support and a second side support, with each side support including a top portion extending from the plate in a first direction and a bottom portion extending from the plate in a second direction substantially opposite the first direction. Included are a first guide and a second guide with each guide attaching to the plate and each side support. Each guide includes a top portion extending from the plate in the first direction and a bottom portion extending from the plate in the second direction. The plate, the top portion of each side support, and the top portion of each guide define a top cavity shaped to accept one of the beams. Further, the plate, the bottom portion of each side support, and the bottom portion of each guide define a bottom cavity shaped to accept one of the beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FOX HARDWOOD LUMBER, LLC
    Inventor: Samuel Fox
  • Patent number: 10260244
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a formwork arrangement for forming a suspended concrete floor slab comprising a change in level in an underside thereof, a support bracket for use with such a formwork arrangement, and a method for employing the support bracket and formwork arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Form 700 Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Emilio Rosati
  • Patent number: 10036252
    Abstract: A method for removing a hydraulic support for solid filling coal mining includes digging a support removing channel (3) in a coal body (2) in front of the hydraulic support (1), and laying a support removing track (4), then removing the hydraulic support from a coal conveying gateway (11) to a track gateway (5), temporary supporting is carried out by matching a single supporting column with a n-type steel beam before each hydraulic support is removed. A supporting roof is reinforced in time by means of erecting a crib (13) and grouting after each hydraulic support is removed, three grouting pipelines (12) are laid after the supports of the whole work surface are removed, and grouting is carried out in the whole finishing cut space. The roof of the support removing space of the work surface is stable so that the hydraulic supports on the work surface of solid filling coal mining are ensured to be safely and efficiently removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: China University of Mining and Technology
    Inventors: Feng Ju, Xiexing Miao, Jixiong Zhang, Xuejie Deng, Xufeng Wang
  • Patent number: 9822530
    Abstract: A shoring assembly for utility vaults. A crossbeam member is carried by a column member and a bracket is connected between the crossbeam member and the column member. The bracket supports the crossbeam member on the column member and comprises a jack member that is extendable upward to engage and move the crossbeam member upward relative to the column member into a support position against a vault roof to be shored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: LAMINATED WOOD SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Robert A. Reisdorff
  • Patent number: 9677297
    Abstract: A method of installing a support member includes disposing a ground plate of a support member on a ground surface. The support member includes a lift assist component that engages with a bar connected to the ground plate. The method further includes adjusting a height of upper ends of the support member by actuating the lift assist component such that the upper ends of the support member are elevated or lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Solid Structures
    Inventors: James Lee Warner, Jensen James Lewis
  • Patent number: 9670776
    Abstract: A mining machine including a frame, a cutting head moveably coupled to the frame and pivotable about an axis that is substantially perpendicular to a first mine surface, and a first actuator for stabilizing the frame relative to the first mine surface. The first actuator is coupled to the frame and includes a first end extendable in a first direction to engage the first mine surface. The extension of the first actuator is automatically controlled based on measurements of at least one indicator of the force between the first actuator and the first mine surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Joy MM Delaware, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Anthony Wade, Jacobus Ignatius Jonker
  • Patent number: 9670777
    Abstract: A longwall mining system includes at least one face end roof support having a longitudinal length, and at least one near end roof support adjacent the face end roof support. The near end roof support has a longitudinal length substantially shorter than the face end roof support longitudinal length. There is also at least one face roof support adjacent the near end roof support, and the face roof support has a longitudinal length substantially shorter than the near end roof support longitudinal length. There is also a forward conveyor extending forward to and attached to the face end roof support, the at least one near end roof support, and the at least one face roof support, and a rearward conveyor extending rearward of and attached to the face end roof support, the at least one near end roof support, and the at least one face roof support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Joy MM Delaware, Inc.
    Inventor: John Holme
  • Patent number: 9494037
    Abstract: In an inclined layered solid-filling mining method in an ultrathick coal layer, tunnels and equipment are arranged according to a solid-filling mining method. An artificial roof for a lower layer is formed by metal meshes and bamboo fences of a first layer a solid-filling mining method. The method is repeated, until the entire ultrathick coal layer is finished. The method is repeated forming additional roofs for subsequent layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: China University of Mining and Technology
    Inventors: Jixiong Zhang, Nan Zhou, Qiang Zhang, Jiwei Guo, Xiaoming Shen, Feng Ju, Haiqiang Jiang
  • Patent number: 9440831
    Abstract: A transportable tool and accessory carrier for use on aerial lifts is disclosed. The system comprises a carrier configured to mount on an upper railing member of an aerial lift, and moveable support members to permit the carrier to be secured to a lower railing member as well. In some cases the support members are telescoping in order to more easily move between a stowed and operating configuration, and to easily fit a range of aerial lift railing member configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Sheldon Goodheart
  • Patent number: 9416544
    Abstract: Disclosed within is a support that attaches to the roof without mechanical fasteners, results in only minor increases to the roof load by requiring no ballast, and bonds to the surface of the roof. The result is a roof that is stronger with the roof supports than without, and a roof with an enhanced ability to perform its functions. The roof support device consists generally of a baseplate, a column affixed to, or intrinsic to, the upper surface of the baseplate, the column surrounding a rod, the rod protruding above the top of the column. The roof support device is preferably affixed to a roof using an adhesive applied the underside of the baseplate. The roof support device is installed using spray foam, which acts to strengthen the bond with the roof, and providing additional protection against water infiltration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Edwin James
  • Patent number: 9366052
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first strap including an upper end and a lower end. A second strap is disposed adjacent to the first strap and includes an upper end and a lower end. The upper and lower ends of the second strap correspond in position with respect to the upper and lower ends of the first strap. A base portion connects the first and second straps between the respective lower ends of the first and second straps. A height adjustment system includes at least one bar disposed adjacent to at least one of the first and second straps, and a lift assist component that engages with the bar. In an orientation where the first and second straps extend vertically with respect to a horizontal plane, a distance between the horizontal plane and the respective upper ends of the first and second straps is adjustable via engagement between the lift assist component and the bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Solid Structures
    Inventors: James Lee Warner, Jensen James Lewis
  • Patent number: 9010702
    Abstract: An adjustable rod including a center tube, and two rods which adjustably fit into the center tube, is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Pepe
  • Patent number: 8998160
    Abstract: A L-shaped bracket having aligned vertical and horizontal slots is mounted on a telescopic stand. A frame member is positioned on a horizontal support plate of the bracket. A bearing plate extends vertically from the support plate. The support plate includes spaced apart open ended slots aligned beneath elongated vertically extending slots in the bearing plate. A J-bolt having a cap at one end and a threaded portion at an opposite end extends through the aligned slots to a position where the cap abuts the bearing plate and the threaded end portion extends down through the slot in the support plate. A bell nut is tightened on the threaded end of the bolt to draw the bolt into clamping engagement with the frame where the bolt is adjustable along the length of the vertical slot in the bearing plate to receive frames of a variable range of height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Jolt LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Vanwey, Grant Wilson
  • Publication number: 20150028169
    Abstract: An optics support system and apparatus are provided. The optics support system may comprise a first member, a second member, a base, and a support strap. The first member may be attached to a top rest at one end, and the base at the other end. The second member may extend at an angle from the middle of the first member, and may be attached to a side rest at the opposite end. The base may be configured to have at least one aperture. The support strap may be configured to attach to the base by extending a portion of it through the at least one aperture of the base. A frictional adjuster may optionally be attached to the support strap to make the support strap adjustable in length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey Allen Terpening
  • Publication number: 20140263916
    Abstract: A temporary support pole assembly including removable head attachment is disclosed. The head attachment includes a pivotally movable retainer selectively positionable relative to the head between an open position and a closed position to retain and secure a flexible partition material thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: SURFACE SHIELDS, INC.
    Inventor: Kyle William Behringer
  • Publication number: 20140246555
    Abstract: Support foot for stabilizers, comprising a frustoconical support member with a base of large diameter, made of plastic or polymer material, characterized in that it comprises means for the the effective and secure, but quickly and conveniently disengageable, connection of said foot to the end of the rod of a hydraulic or mechanical jack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: SIRTRES S.r.l.
    Inventor: Andrea Tres
  • Patent number: 8528274
    Abstract: A pedestal (10) for an access floor assembly (34) has a stand portion and a head portion. The stand portion has a base plate (12) for resting upon a sub-floor, and a metal stem (14) extending upwardly therefrom. The head portion has a platform (16) for receiving thereon an edge region of one or more panels that define the surface of the access floor, a threaded metal shaft (18) extending downwardly therefrom, and a nut (38) which screwably engages the threaded metal shaft. The pedestal (10) is characterised in that it includes a flexible member (40) having noise attenuation and vibration dampening properties adapted to fit longitudinally between overlapping portions of the metal stem (14) and the metal shaft (18) and further adapted to lock the position of the nut (38) on the threaded metal shaft (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Petar Zlatar
  • Patent number: 8528869
    Abstract: A retractable post with an alarm device includes a plurality of retractable pipes retractably sleeved with each other. A retractable air whistle is secured by a latch block at a proper location inside the retractable pipe. A plug piece is installed at a bottom of the retractable post. The plug piece and the latch block make an interior of the retractable pipe present a dummy seal state, wherein the retractable pipe is almost but not completely sealed. When an abnormal rapid falling displacement of the retractable pipes occurs, the latch block and the retractable air whistle compress the air inside the retractable pipe, and then a bellow of the retractable air whistle is further compressed, such that the air inside the bellow is rapidly discharged through a sounding valve disposed at a front end of the air whistle, thereby generating an alarm sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Linco Inc.
    Inventor: Chien-Ting Lin
  • Patent number: 8523124
    Abstract: A protection frame has a frame body and a supporting arm. The frame body is mounted around the portable device. The supporting arm is mounted pivotally on the frame body to allow the user to adjust the propping angle of the portable device. Therefore, the portable device can be used at different visual angles as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Shin Zu Shing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chia-Chun Yuan, Chung-Lin Lee, Yu-Feng Lin, Chih-Po Hsu
  • Publication number: 20130112832
    Abstract: The present invention relates to propping mattresses in a healthcare environment for easier access to bed tops. In one embodiment, a mattress support system supports a mattress edge. The support system includes a primary support member and a non-slip foot. The support system also includes a cross member rotatably coupled to the primary support member. The cross member includes left and right arms for supporting a corresponding pair of mattress straps. The primary support member may include a retainer for securing the cross member for ease of storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Randall D. Hilton
  • Patent number: 8430374
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ceiling formwork (1) having formwork panels (2) comprising rectangular edge webs (3) horizontally disposed in the usage position, and supporting means, such as carriers (15) and/or supports (17) for said formwork panels (2), and a holding element (4) gripping the edge webs (3) of adjacent formwork panels (2) in the corner region, said element comprising centering protrusions (5) for the edge webs (3) of said formwork panels (2) and intersecting openings (6) that are open toward the top, extending horizontally between the centering protrusions (5) in the usage position, which are limited by lateral centering surfaces (7) of the centering protrusions (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Paschal-Werk G. Maier GmbH
    Inventor: Bernd Kurth
  • Patent number: 8408845
    Abstract: A pedestal support for a mine prop. The pedestal support includes a collar to dispose a mine prop at least partially therein and a yielding member extending from the collar. The yielding member includes a wall having a top edge and a bottom edge and having a thickness that tapers from the top edge to the bottom edge and that flares from the top edge to the bottom edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Swanson Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas L. Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 8262056
    Abstract: A prop head (17) of a formwork prop for a concrete ceiling has an end piece (15) facing the concrete ceiling, the end piece (15) having a longitudinal axis which extends substantially perpendicular to the plane of the concrete formwork. The prop head (17) also has a hinge mechanism (20) at the end piece (15) end facing away from the concrete ceiling. The longitudinal axis of the end piece (15) can be placed in swiveled positions relative to the longitudinal axis of the prop in hinged positions of the hinge mechanism (20), the hinged positions being lockable by means of fastening means (30), preferably on the hinge mechanism (20). A load-introducing center of gravity formed by the end piece (15) end facing the concrete ceiling essentially lies on a line encompassing the longitudinal axis (62) of the prop (2, 3, 4) in the hinged positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Peri GmbH
    Inventor: Artur Schwoerer
  • Patent number: 8235346
    Abstract: A, support bracket and column for supporting an elevated structure during and after construction. The support bracket includes a connection plate that is attached to and overlapped by the column base so that the support bracket is concealed from view when construction is completed, and variations of the support bracket provide means to raise or lower the attached column during construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: Stephen M. Bakos
  • Patent number: 8162289
    Abstract: An apparatus which is positionable between a structure to be lifted and an underlying support surface for lifting the structure utilizes a bottom plate and a cap between which a spacer member, such as a piece of tubing, is positionable and a threaded rod which is threadably received by an internally-threaded opening in the cap. By rotating the threaded rod within the cap, the threaded rod moves lengthwise relative to the cap. Therefore, by positioning the apparatus between a structure to be lifted and an underlying support surface and then rotating the threaded rod within the cap, the bottom plate and the threaded rod act between the structure to be lifted and the underlying support surface to lift the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Howard L. McCaleb
  • Publication number: 20100270451
    Abstract: This invention relates to a post holder (200) for holding a safety post on a horizontal structure of a building. The post holder has an elongate post reception portion (202), an elongate central support portion (204), protruding from the post reception portion and perpendicular to the post reception portion, and first and second elongate side support portions (206, 208) protruding from the post reception portion laterally of the central support portion and in opposite directions. The central support portion comprises a fastening seat, which is arranged to receive a fastening member for fastening of the post holder to a base. Each one of said support portions comprises a support protrusion, which constitutes a fraction of the support portion at a bottom side thereof and protrudes at a bottom side thereof, thereby forming a lower most support surface of the support portion. The lower most support surfaces of the support portions are triangularly positioned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: COMBISAFE INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventor: Joakim Svedberg
  • Publication number: 20100218438
    Abstract: Embodiments of an adjustable and reusable brace and kicker apparatus are disclosed herein. Various embodiments may include a brace holder and an adjustable kicker. The brace holder may be configured to removably and/or adjustably receive and hold a brace in support of a form for forming a concrete structure. The brace holder may include complementary secure features configured to removably secure the brace holder, and holding features that provide a number of holding positions for selectively holding the brace in one of the holding positions. The kicker may be removably and/or adjustably mated to support the brace with at least three degrees of freedom, including a first angular degree of freedom, a second linear degree of freedom, and a third degree of mating freedom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Inventor: Donald Sollars
  • Patent number: 7744047
    Abstract: A support device for supporting a musical instrument includes a base, the base includes a first side portion and a second side portion. The support device also includes a support body rotatably coupled to the base. The support body includes a first support surface and a second support surface. The first support surface defines a channel in the support body, the second support surface is substantially planar. The support body is configured to rotate between at least a first position and a second position around an axis intersecting the first side portion and the second side portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Inventor: Ron Thorn
  • Publication number: 20100102190
    Abstract: A support device includes a support-receiving member, a sliding block, a support, and an elastic sheet. The support-receiving member defines a groove with one end thereof blocked to form a stop end and the other opened to form an exit end. The sliding block and the support are slidably juxtaposed in the groove from the stop end to the exit end and rotatably coupled. The support includes a contact portion extending away from an end near the sliding block. The elastic sheet is fixed to the support-receiving member at the exit end and extends a free end away from the exit end. The free end maintains contact with the contact portion during rotation of the support and presses the contact portion to pivot the support to be stopped by the support-receiving member, stationing the support at that position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicants: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hong-Wei Zhu, Er-Zheng Zhao, Hai-Yang Yu
  • Patent number: 7677522
    Abstract: A, support bracket and column for supporting an elevated structure during and after construction. The support bracket includes a connection plate that is attached to and overlapped by the column base so that the support bracket is concealed from view when construction is completed, and variations of the support bracket provide means to raise or lower the attached column during construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: Stephen M. Bakos
  • Publication number: 20090278016
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved apparatus for holding a construction item in a desired position while the construction item is being secured to a support structure. Embodiments of the apparatus comprise a pressure-plate configured with a pole-ball-socket, a pole-ball, and a flexible pole section. A plurality of pole sections may be used in a telescoping arrangement so that the apparatus may be used to lift a construction item to an elevated position. The pressure-plate defines a pressure-plate-surface configured for being associated with a surface of a construction item. The flexible pole section is then extended to move the construction item to a desired location (such as at ceiling height). Typically the pole section is held at an angle relative to a supporting surface (such as a floor) and then extended to a length about four inches longer than the distance from the supporting surface and said desired location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventors: William Gridley, Randall B. Scott
  • Patent number: 7610728
    Abstract: A molded plastic system for use in constructing footings or supports for structures, preferably for supporting a deck. The system includes a base that includes a lower peripheral flange that extends in a substantially horizontal plane in use with the peripheral flange having an upper facing surface and a lower facing surface and an upright post that is integral with the base, extends upwardly from the upper facing surface of the base and is hollow to define a top opening of the base. The system also includes a column that includes top and bottom ends. The bottom end of the column is positioned in the base opening and extends in a generally vertical direction from the base. A cap includes a bottom end having an opening into which the top end of the column is placed for mounting the cap from the column. The cap further includes opposed side tangs that define therebetween an open channel for receiving a support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Inventor: Louis E. Manocchia
  • Patent number: 7441733
    Abstract: A support device includes a positioning tube to be connected to a child vehicle safety seat and formed with a plurality of positioning hole units. A support tube is sleeved telescopically on the positioning tube and is formed with a pair of through holes. A support base is sleeved on the support tube, and has a mounting seat disposed at a horizontal level corresponding to the through holes. A seat height adjusting unit includes an actuator that is mounted movably in the mounting seat, that is biased by a spring member, and that engages removably the through holes and a registered one of the positioning hole units to retain the positioning tube at a desired extended length relative to the support tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shun-Min Chen, Zhi-Ren Zhong
  • Patent number: 7410142
    Abstract: An adapter for a hood prop includes oppositely extending counterbores in a cylindrical housing separated by a transaxial wall. The adapter is designed to be fitted over a hood stop and to receive the end of a telescoping hood prop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Lisle Corporation
    Inventors: Scotty R. Kurtz, Al R. Rohrbach
  • Publication number: 20080137352
    Abstract: A strut holding assembly for flexible elongated struts engaging a flexible wall, the assembly including a hub, a plurality of holding arms pivotally connected at spaced locations to the hub between storage positions adjacent the hub, and extended positions extending outwardly of the hub, each holding arm being adapted to immobilize a free inner end of one strut. At least one of the holding arms has a seat adapted for receiving and immobilize the free inner end of a strut in at least one direction and a hook spaced from the seat by a fulcrum distance, the hook being adapted for engaging the strut at a distance from the free inner end of the strut equal to the fulcrum distance, for immobilizing the strut in a bent and tensioned position and in at least three directions and being free to move in a remaining direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventors: Finn MH O'Brien, David Conroy
  • Patent number: 7246779
    Abstract: A telescopic leg has a housing with a lift cylinder or mechanical screw jack type lift and an external track for adjustably coupling to a member. Such telescopic legs can be used to define a variety of table base configurations by providing multiple angularly aligned tracks in each leg for receiving cross supports adjustably coupled to the tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Suspa Incorporated
    Inventor: James E. Doyle
  • Patent number: 6964139
    Abstract: A column for use in post-frame construction having a two piece construction in which a first or foundation column portion of the column is set into the earth with a proximal end thereof protruding from the earth. The proximal end of the foundation column includes a column bracket for joining the foundation column to a wooden column comprising the second portion of the two piece column of the present invention. The foundation column of the present invention comprises a precast concrete column. The foundation column of the present invention advantageously resists degradation of its mechanical properties due to environmental influences while providing the necessary strength to support a post-frame building, including, e.g., the environmental loads received by the building. The wood column comprising the second portion of the two piece column of the present invention advantageously provides ease of workability to complete construction of a post-frame building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Perma-Column, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Meyer, Phillip T. Stoller
  • Patent number: 6910834
    Abstract: A mine prop is comprised of an elongate tube having a slenderness ratio that would generally allow buckling or kneeling of the elongate tube when exposed to a sufficient axial force. A plurality of elongate support members having a length less than the elongate tube are attached to the tube to prevent buckling or kneeling of the elongate tube along the portion of the tube to which the elongate support members are attached. The portions of the tube that are unsupported by the elongate support members define one or more yieldable zones proximate at least one end of the tube. A compressible filler material is disposed within at least portion of the tube to support yielding in the yieldable zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Burrell Mining Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Harbaugh, Charles C. Lash
  • Patent number: 6854222
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards an adjustable support brace for a pre-cast or tilt-up wall. The adjustable support brace comprises a wall mounting shoe, a floor mounting shoe, a leg member having an upper and a lower end, and a threaded support screw. The wall mounting shoe is pivotally connected to a mounting cap which is connected to the upper end of the leg member. The lower end of the leg member has an internally threaded receiving aperture which extends at least partially through the length of the leg member. The internally threaded receiving aperture receives the threaded support screw. The support screw is pivotally connected to the floor mounting shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignees: Universal Form Clamp Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Rens Hansort
  • Patent number: 6832746
    Abstract: A U-head plate is provided having a channel for capturing a base plate of a shoring apparatus. A pair of inwardly opposing L-shaped extensions extending downwardly from the U-head plate forms the channel. A latch attached to the U-head plate has a tongue for engaging a notch in the base plate of the shoring apparatus upon capture of the base plate of the shoring apparatus within the channel. The tongue is biased toward the notch by a spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Wilian Holding Company
    Inventors: Robert Glen McCracken, John Michael King
  • Patent number: 6802482
    Abstract: An overboot device is provided for increasing a foot print of a foot portion of a bi-pod firearm support. The overboot preferably comprises a base having a cone projecting therefrom and a cylinder axially extending from the cone. A plurality of fingers axially extend from the cylinder and include a tab radially projecting therefrom. The tabs form a ring which combines with an axially spaced apart annular flange radially projecting from the cone to define a recess therebetween. A removable band nests within the recess so as to constrict the fingers toward one another to reduce the diameter of the cylinder such that the overboot may be secured about the foot portion of the bi-pod assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Inventor: Gerald Harris
  • Publication number: 20040118065
    Abstract: A column mounted shoring bracket has a support sub-assembly attached to a column or other supporting surface, a jack sub-assembly attached to the support and a head sub-assembly attached to a part of the jack that varies in height relative to the support. The head has a head base that supports one or more rollers for moving a form. The head also has a supporting plate for supporting the form. The supporting plate is connected to the head base so that it may be slid upwards and fixed in a position where the top of the supporting plate is above the top of the rollers, for example to carry the weight of a slab being built, or slid downwards so that the top of the supporting plate is below the top of the rollers which do not have to carry the weight of the slab being built. The angular position of the rollers may be aligned with an external reference such as the side of a column, a wall, or a jig.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2003
    Publication date: June 24, 2004
    Inventors: Barry W. Jackson, George W. Jackson
  • Patent number: 6684577
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method are provided for lifting and leveling an existing building from a position underneath the existing building. At least a first non-cylindrical support section having a substantially rectangular shape and first and second ends is located within the earth at a position underneath the existing building. A vertically-adjustable cap is placed in contact with the second end of the first non-cylindrical support section. A jack is disposed on an upper surface of a lower side of the cap and raised until an upper surface of an upper side of the cap is exerting pressure against the foundation of the existing building. The jack is then raised, thereby raising the cap, until the foundation has been raised to a desired height. The cap is the locked so that it will not move in the vertical directions and the jack is lowered and removed. If the building subsequently needs to be re-leveled, raised or lowered, the cap can be unlocked and vertically adjusted to an appropriate height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Inventor: Mark Dimitrijevic